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Young Conservatives like me love Governor Ron DeSantis. here’s why

If Donald Trump decides not to run for president in 2024, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is likely to be the frontrunner not only of the conservative base in general, but also of conservative – and even independent – millennials and voters. Generation Z. And he’ll likely have the support of these young conservatives and independents for years to come.

Overall, the response of governments to the coronavirus pandemic has been a complete disaster, and it has been true around the world. However, there have been a few places where rulers have masterfully threaded the needle between reckless non-action and authoritarian tyranny. Florida and South Dakota, for example, have implemented common sense health precautions – but have also rejected aggressive media rhetoric around the virus by refusing to order statewide mask warrants. and forced lockouts.

So it’s no coincidence that DeSantis and his South Dakota counterpart, Kristi Noem, are now the two most popular governors in the country; At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference meeting, DeSantis and Noem took the top spots behind Trump in a 2024 presidential poll.

Where does much of their support come from? It comes from young Americans who desperately need to work, earn a living, buy a house, and start a family – and who struggle to achieve those ambitions in an economy built on unsustainable economic policies designed for our people. parents and our grandparents.

This is the simple motivator behind the popularity of DeSantis and Noem: they allow Americans to work and make their own decisions. That’s it. Don’t think too much about it.

What many baby boomers don’t understand is that the pandemic has destroyed the economic future of anyone who was not well established in an industry; Meanwhile, the majority of older Americans already had the wherewithal to adjust when the virus hit. This is why students, recent graduates and performing workers have increasingly found themselves looking for work in a pandemic labor market where many industries have effectively closed in some parts of the country. .

Without stable incomes and benefits, we don’t experience the same asset appreciation that older generations enjoyed. My generation’s average salary is pale compared to the growth of equity portfolios or 40-year-old homes that were bought 20 years ago in major metropolitan areas.

As we pursue a monetary policy that is beyond the comprehension of most Americans, many young people do not try to understand how the Federal Reserve distributes small percentages of our massive inflation and debt in the real estate markets, insurance and obligations. They are unable to study the harmful effects of invisible inflation taxes; the point is that young people accumulate money rather than assets.

But that money isn’t what it used to be – and while most young people don’t know why it is, they know things were going a lot better for their grandparents, who could have children and buy a house in their house. 20 years while earning average salaries and without student loan debt.

Ultimately, this sense of economic uncertainty is why young people have ignored the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and Dr Anthony Fauci when it comes to lockdowns and mandates in the event of a pandemic.

We would rather take our chances with a virus that carries relatively low risks to our demographics – in fact, one with a darn close to 100% survival rate for people in our age group – than face much more risk. high from going bankrupt and homeless.

Is it really any wonder that governors like DeSantis and Noem – leaders who have put in place policies that protect and prioritize the elderly but allow young people to participate in their state’s economy – are hugely popular? with young Americans?

It shouldn’t be.

And while pandemic policies obviously took precedence over everything else, the truth is that DeSantis approval ratings were extremely high even before the coronavirus arrived. He was popular because he resisted the cancellation culture media – and because he wasn’t afraid to overthrow the establishment, even when that establishment included his own party and predecessor.

Additionally, DeSantis respected the fact that Floridians truly love their beaches and the environment – and he has shown that you don’t have to be the president of the Sierra Club to protect them.

DeSantis has implemented common-sense policies to deal with rising sea levels, prepare for hurricanes, preserve our water supply, fight the red tide, and conserve the Everglades – measures that have won widespread acceptance. broad bipartisan support but run counter to those favored by former Governor Rick Scott and many Washington Conservatives.

All of this goes a long way with young Floridians.

Now add DeSantis’ willingness to take a few wits about the liberal media – which owes it many apologies – and drink a beer without excuse at the recent Super Bowl in Tampa.

What do you have?

You have a governor who is extremely popular among the young Conservatives, and who will continue to enjoy such popularity.

Make no mistake: Governor Ron DeSantis is a shining example of the future of the Conservative movement.

Jake Hoffman is president of the Young Republicans of Tampa Bay. He is the CEO of Invasion Digital Media and the host of the weekly Internet show “Moderately Outraged”.